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North Korea 'deports' Merrill Newman

Original post made on Dec 6, 2013

Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Palo Alto resident detained by North Korean authorities earlier this fall, has been released, the U.S. State Department announced Friday evening.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 6, 2013, 6:13 PM

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm

The North Korean regime can dress it up any way it wants -- they were completely in the wrong in this case.

Having said that, I applaud the fact that Merrill Newman will be able to return to Palo Alto at last.

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Posted by Stay-Away-From-North-Korea
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

> they were completely in the wrong in this case.

Evil is always beyond wrong.

Mr. Merrill is lucky to be released this quickly.

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Posted by Josh
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Glad he is safe and coming home, but because of his history in the military, he should of never gone there in the first place.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Welcome back neighbor. I am so thankful to the Korean govt for your release.

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Posted by Elmer Camino
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

What was he thinking going over there?!?!?!?! His lack of common sense led to a waste of diplomatic resources and gave the North Koreans yet another propaganda opportunity. What a shame.

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Posted by The wrong guy
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 8, 2013 at 9:59 am

I suspect that the N Korean govt had mistaken him for another similarly-named veteran who had been a colonel in the same war. Why would they bother with a mere infantryman?

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Posted by Third Generation
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I wasn't sure he'd come back alive. Americans naively think every country is the same as here and don't realize how good they have it here. Life is cheap in other countries. Everyone is fleeing to America to the land of the free and opportunities galore. Americans should stop being lazy and look at the opportunities available to them. There is no excuse for unemployment for a healthy person - it's the pride that stops people from working [sigh].

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